It’s getting colder outside. Even in sunny San Diego, we are seeing overcast skies and foggy days. On the upside, we can now finally enjoy all the fall food. Pumpkin cookies and roasts. Yum! Yum! and more YUM! I refuse to make an investment in more stretchy pants! The leaves are starting to fall, and my mood for wine is also changing. During the warmer weather, I typically go for chardonnays and pinot grigio. Now, I’m popping open the reds. The other day at BevMo, I found this bad boy: Donovan Parke Pinot Noir 2013.
What caught my eye about Donovan Parke Pinot Noir 2013 was that it came from California. Pinot noir is a funny, little grape. It only grows in the right balance of cold and hot, sunny and foggy. We are blessed with some awesome wine growing areas in the Golden State that produce good pinot noir. Sonoma, for example, is a perfect area because of its proximity to the Bay and the mountains. It does not surprise me in the least that Donovan Parke Pinot Noir 2013 was vinted and bottled in Sonoma County. Love me some Sonoma!
Donovan Parke Pinot Noir 2013($14.95)
I just love a good bouquet! This wine is fragrant of cranberries and raspberries. The fruits are very much present in the mouth with hints of vanilla, cedar, and spices. It carries a wonderful cherry flavor. It is not very heavy in tannins and medium to full bodied. It is smooth and velvety. I’m not sure if I would pair this with poultry, but it would go great with a pork dish and strong enough for a hearty steak dish. For the price, this is a good buy especially if you can find it during BevMo’s 5 cent sale. For a nickle, it’s well worth it!
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